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Before adopting her son Jackson, Charlize Theron adopted two rescue dogs -- and now, they're all one big happy family. During a visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Snow White & The Huntsman actress described how her pets help take care of her infant son, whom she adopted in March when he was nine days old. Watch the clip below!
"From the moment this baby came into our home, those two dogs have never been more in love," Theron, 36, told Ellen DeGeneres. "It was the most beautiful thing I've ever witnessed... People keep saying, 'Oh, you're a single mom,' and I'm like, 'Actually, I'm not.' I got two boys helping me out. It's incredible."
Those two "boys" are a terrier mutt named Berkeley -- "the pacifier thief," according to Theron -- and a devoted pit bull named Blue.
"The pitt woke up with me for every feed, for every change, and whenever the baby would cry the pitt would start crying," marveled the actress. "He'll do anything for that baby."
During her visit, the Oscar winner showed off a picture of little Jackson bonding with her terrier. While the dogs fell in love with the baby instantly, it was more of a process for Theron herself. Over the two years it took to arrange Jackson's domestic adoption, the actress gradually adjusted to the idea of being a mother.
"My mom said the most beautiful thing -- I'm going to cry," said Theron. "She said, 'It took me nine months to fall in love with you while you were growing in my stomach. It took you two years to fall in love with this little baby.' It really took two years of just waiting, and then one day, it's finally there. It just feels exactly how it's supposed to feel. I don't know how to describe it. It just feels right."
In a recent interview with the Australian magazine Madison, Theron said she "always knew" she would adopt, but that she didn't think she would do it alone.
"You know, I don't think any mother aims to be a single mom," she admitted. "I didn't wish for that, but it happened."
It may not be what she wished for -- but it sounds like everything is working out beautifully, for her and her boys.